PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - A Philadelphia man is using his love of sports to fulfill his passion for art. Photojournalist Bill Rohrer caught up with artist Jordan Spector.
He was once was a walk on for the Temple Owls’ football team. Then, a concussion put an end to his football career. So Jordan picked up his pastels and started a new career -- in art.
“Ever since I could pick up a pencil I have been sketching pictures,” he said.
He uses a sharp pencil on a commissioned piece of former NFL player Marvin Harrison.
“I am doing a kind of a collage piece of him when he played in college in the pros and a nice shot of his face too.”
Holding his cell phone, looking at Harrison’s picture, “I want people to look at it and be amazed at the realism of it.”
He said he’s a fan of pretty much every Philly team, but, “Once I stopped playing I felt like I lost touch with the sport and with other sports.”
It can take Jordan up to 40 hours to complete one piece. He uses black paper, saying it makes everything pop out more. Vigorous hands imitate the intensity of his subjects.
“I really take the time to make it as photo realistic as I can,” he added, with reflections in the helmet to the veins in the arm to the reflections in the eye," he explained, "I will do a piece and that will be my favorite piece and I will do another and that will become my favorite.”
He drew Philadelphia Flyer Shayne Gostisbehere, plus his idol growing up: Brian Dawkins.
“Said it was very cool and he liked it. He is one of my favorite athletes of all time,” he told FOX 29 proudly.